Updated October 1, 2020
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we are continuing to work with faculty and campus partners to help you complete your work term and stay on track to fulfill your degree requirements. Please continue to check this page for updates leading up to your Winter 2021 work term.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send a message to your co-op advisor via WaterlooWorks.
Note: These changes are in place only for the Winter 2021 work term in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be reviewed each term until no longer required.
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We know the Winter 2021 work term will likely present unique challenges for you and your employer. To address that, we’ve developed a number of flexible pathways to help you complete your work term.
Note: Students in the following programs should reach out to their faculty/program advisors to learn about the flexible pathways in place for their programs:
- Pharmacy students: please reach out to Anthony Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- AFM and Math/CPA students: please reach out to Victoria Salim (email@example.com)
In response to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the job market, we're piloting a change to our hiring process for the Winter 2021 work term to maximize the amount of choice, flexibility and convenience for students to search and apply for jobs, and for employers to hire candidates. We hope this will encourage more employers to post jobs and make it easier for students to apply and find out their results faster!
Remember: employers will be posting jobs throughout the recruiting term, so keep applying until you have a match! Whether you end up finding a job at the start of the term or later in the recruitment process, great jobs will be available and we’re here to support you every step of the way.
At a high-level, here’s what hiring for the Winter 2021 work term will look like:
- Extra employment cycle added before fall reading week to help you solidify matches faster (does not apply to Pharmacy and Architecture students, who follow their own hiring processes linked from our important dates webpage)
- Interviews arranged through WaterlooWorks will be conducted remotely to maximize flexibility
- Application limits will increase by increments of 50 with every new posting to allow you to apply to more jobs
- You can keep applying for jobs all the way until March 8, 2021 if you need extra time!
- Please note: We're changing our wording to better reflect the fact that employers post jobs in various "cycles" throughout the recruiting term, so you'll see the word "cycle" replacing previous terms like "first interview cycle" (or "main round") and "continuous interview cycle."
|App limit||Job postings open||Apps due||Remote interview period||Employer rankings available||Student rankings due||Match results available|
|Cycle#1 Posting#1||50 apps||Sept 14—18*||Sept 22 at 9AM (ET)||Sept 25—
|Oct 8 at 12PM (ET)||Oct 9 at 2PM (ET)||Oct 9 by end of day|
|Cycle#1 Posting#2||50 more apps (100 total)||Sept 23—29||Sept 29 at 9AM (ET)|
|October 10-18 Reading week = no interviews – focus on your academics, plan ahead and take good care of yourself!|
|Cycle#2 Posting#1||50 more apps (150 total)||Oct 13—16||Oct 20 at 9AM (ET)||Oct 23—
|Nov 5 at
|Nov 6 at
by end of day
|Cycle#2 Posting#2||50 more apps (200 total)||Oct 21—23||Oct 27 at 9AM (ET)|
|App limit increased to 500 apps in total||Nov 9—Dec 1
New jobs posted daily
(job postings are live for 2 business days, so check back often!)
Interviews every Tuesday-Thursday
Every Thursday at 8PM (ET)
|Nov 20—Dec 11
Every Friday at 10AM (ET)
|Nov 20 – Dec 11
Every Friday by end of day
|Direct offers||Following the last match on December 11, you can continue searching for jobs until March 8, 2021 if you’re still looking for a job for the Winter 2021 work term. Employers will contact you directly to arrange interviews and discuss any offers.|
|*A small number of jobs may be posted a few business days prior to September 14 on the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board as some employers have longer recruitment cycles. Feel free to start checking this board as early as September 9 and follow any instructions within the job description.|
2) A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF WORK TERMS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE FOR STUDENTS UNABLE TO OBTAIN A CO-OP CREDIT
Across all programs (except Pharmacy and GBDA), for any student unable to obtain a co-op credit for a Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021 work term, the minimum number of work terms required by the program will be reduced by one (with a minimum of three work terms in undergraduate programs, and one in master’s degree programs that are supported by Co-operative Education).
Please note that this reduction is not cumulative, meaning that students who missed two work terms between Spring 2020 and Winter 2021 are still only eligible for a reduction of one work term.
Only students who are unable to obtain a co-op credit in Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 will be considered for this reduced minimum.
For example, if you have six work terms scheduled in your sequence with a minimum of five work terms and are unable to obtain a co-op credit for the Spring 2020, Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 work term, your new minimum is four work terms. Otherwise, the minimum remains five work terms. Please consult your academic program advisor for details.
Here's a visual to show you what that looks like for UNDERGRAD co-op students:
|Number of work terms in the sequence||Program minimum work terms||New Flexible Pathways minimum work terms|
Here's a visual to show you what that looks like for GRAD co-op students who are enrolled in programs supported by Co-operative Education:
|Number of work terms in the sequence||Program minimum work terms||New Flexible Pathways minimum work terms|
Programs are intentionally designed to balance course offerings, program requirements and job availability in each work term. A sequence change does impact all three to varying degrees in each program. For example, programs structure course offerings based on sequences and Co-operative Education works to develop jobs based on enrolment demands each term.
Given that, students should normally remain in their sequence as planned and should not move a scheduled work term to a future term. To address the impact of not earning a co-op credit due to COVID-19, programs have reduced the number of required work terms by one for those students who are unable to obtain a co-op credit in their Spring 2020, Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 work term.
Where there is a need to consider an exception due to situations that include course offerings, eight-month work terms and other unique scenarios, a sequence change form can be submitted to your academic program advisor (or faculty co-op advisor, if you're a Math student) with a clear rationale to explain the extenuating circumstances. The Faculty and Co-operative Education will review the request for an exception together and inform the student of their decision. Please contact your academic program advisor (or faculty co-op advisor, if you're a Math student) if you have any questions about the exception process.
If you're an international visa student, we also encourage you to consult with the Student Success Office's team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants to determine if changing your sequence will have any impact on your study or co-op work permits, and/or your post-graduation plans of staying in Canada.
Waterloo’s co-op program requires jobs to meet standard or flexible requirements in order to be granted co-op credit for your work term.
In order to graduate, undergraduate co-op students must complete a minimum of three standard work terms, plus 1-3 additional work terms that meet standard OR flexible work term criteria (depending on your academic program’s study/work sequence). All work terms for Graduate students must be standard work terms.
- Standard work terms: Work terms with a single employer/position that meets the standard work term criteria below.
- Flexible work terms: Work terms with a single or multiple employers/positions that together meet the flexible work term criteria below. Flexible work terms allow students to receive credit for a wider range of work experiences that don’t quite fit the standard requirements.
We know that COVID-19 may present unique challenges for students searching for work. That’s why we’ve increased our flexibility around our existing work term requirements to consider a wider variety of workplaces, positions and rates of pay for co-op credit.
If your position does NOT meet one or more aspects of the standard/flexible criteria below, please speak to your co-op advisor. We review each job opportunity on a case-by-case basis, so we may be able to make an exception depending on your situation and rationale.
|Standard work term||Flexible work term|
|Requirements||Existing||Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 only||Existing||Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 only|
|Job type||• Single employer/position
• Job must be related to your academic/ career goals
|• Increased flexibility in the types of jobs that will be approved for credit (employer type, job level, etc.)||• Single or multiple employers/positions (e.g., combining two part-time jobs)
• Rationale for how the job(s) will help you meet your career goals is required
|• You can combine 2+ positions that together support your professional goals, or help you develop transferable skills (e.g., 2+ part-time jobs)|
|Work term length||• Job must be 12-16 weeks||• Job must be 8-16 weeks (as long as you work at least 280 hours over the span of your work term)||• Job(s) must be 12-16 weeks (as long as you work at least 420 hours over the span of your work term)||• Job(s) must be 8-16 weeks (as long as you work at least 280 hours over the span of your work term)|
|Hours||• Job must be full-time (35-40 hours/week)||• Job can be full-time or part-time (as long as you work at least 280 hours over the span of your work term)||• Job(s) can be full-time or part-time (as long as you work at least 420 hours over the span of your work term)||• Job(s) can be full-time or part-time (as long as you work at least 280 hours over the span of your work term)|
|Pay||• Job must be paid at least minimum wage (or usual local minimum practice) for where the organization is located, OR
• Job must meet unpaid/underpaid guidelines
|• Job(s) must be paid at least minimum wage (or usual local minimum practice) for where the organization(s) are located, OR
• Job(s) must meet unpaid/underpaid guidelines
|Supervisor||• You must not be supervised by a family member (can work for a family business as long as your supervisor is not a family member).|
|Performance Evaluation||• Your supervisor/coordinator must submit a Student Performance Evaluation||• Your supervisor(s)/coordinator(s) must submit a Student Performance Evaluation (one per job)|
|Job location||• Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 work terms must adhere to current University travel policies.
• You must follow our existing travel advisory policy to ensure that the location of your job complies with the University’s travel requirements for the safety and protection of UWaterloo students. Work terms outside of Canada are always assessed based on the level of risk published by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) travel advisories, in conjunction with any overall directives from our central University leadership.
• If you're an international visa student, any work completed for a co-op credit must be done on a co-op work permit.
• If you're interested in working outside Canada, visit our working abroad webpage (not applicable for Spring 2020, Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 work terms).
To help with your work search, we’ve increased our flexibility around standard and flexible Work Term Requirements for Winter 2021 to give co-op credit for a greater variety of workplaces, positions and rates of pay (see above).
If you’ve arranged your own job outside WaterlooWorks, please follow the steps below to determine whether it is eligible for co-op credit:
- Ensure that it meets the Work Term Requirements and the University’s current travel policies and our remote work guidelines.
- Speak with your co-op advisor to let them know that you’ve found an opportunity outside WaterlooWorks.
- Submit the appropriate AOJ form based on your location:
- AOJ Canada: use this form if you will be based in Canada during your work term (in-person or remote)
- AOJ USA: use this form if you will be based in the USA during your work term working for a Canadian, American or International employer (in-person or remote)
- AOJ International: use this form if you will be based outside of Canada/USA while working for a Canadian, American or International employer (in-person or remote)
- AOJ UWaterloo: use this form if you will be working for the University of Waterloo (in-person or remote-from-Canada)
- For more information, review our Arrange Own Job process.
Any changes to PD course requirements will be communicated to you by your faculty.
- Arts students: please see the COVID-19 work terms webpage on your Faculty’s website for more information about how requirements have been adjusted for you.
In the absence of any updates from your faculty, your PD requirements remain the same, as outlined in your academic calendar. Please contact your academic program advisor (or faculty co-op advisor, if you're a Math student) if you have any questions about your PD requirements.
If work term report requirements are being reduced in your faculty, they will be communicated to you by your faculty.
- Arts students: please see the COVID-19 work terms webpage on your Faculty’s website for more information about how requirements have been adjusted for you.
In the absence of any updates from your faculty, your work term report requirements remain the same, as outlined in your academic calendar. Please contact your academic program advisor (or faculty co-op advisor, if you're a Math student) if you have any questions about your work term report requirements.
With the current economic climate around the pandemic, preserving job opportunities and employer relationships to help as many students as possible find employment has never been more important. Declining a job offer or leaving a work term early may result in lost opportunities for other co-op students in the future. As a result, consequences may apply.
To avoid this, it’s your responsibility to read job descriptions carefully and apply only to jobs that you would realistically take if your interview resulted in a match. In addition, be sure to ask questions when interviewing in order to understand the specifics of a position before you accept a job offer.
You always have the options below to give you choice when interviewing for jobs and submitting your rankings through WaterlooWorks:
- Requesting interview relief: If you're feeling overwhelmed with your interview schedule, you can contact your co-op advisor to discuss available options and/or fill out a Request for Interview Relief Form on WaterlooWorks. Depending on your situation, you may be able to choose to be removed from one or more of your upcoming interviews by having your job application(s) withdrawn.
- Request to Withdraw Application: If you have serious concerns about a job or employer immediately after an interview, you can request to have your application withdrawn.
- Ranking a job as “Not Interested”: You can now submit up to three “Not Interested” rankings per term to guarantee that you will not be matched with a job and/or prioritize other jobs of interest. If you decide against a job after attending an interview, consider using this option rather than reneging on a match.
If you decide to decline a job offer or leave a work term early please see below for an overview of how we typically handle these situations, as well as accommodations in place for Winter 2021.
- Reneges (declining any accepted job offer [match/AOJ/return] prior to starting the job):
- We review each renege situation on a case-by-case basis to determine what consequences may be applied (see our Co-op Roles and Responsibilities for more information).
- For Winter 2021 work terms, we will consider removing consequences for students who renege on a match due to health concerns related to COVID-19.
- Resignations (leaving a work term early after starting a job):
- We review each resignation situation on a case-by-case basis to determine what consequences may be applied (see our Co-op Roles and Responsibilities for more information).
- For Winter 2021 work terms, we will consider removing consequences for students who leave a job early due to health concerns related to COVID-19.
If you have questions about your specific situation, please reach out to your co-op advisor.
9) WORKING AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR FOR CO-OP CREDIT
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently allowing co-op students who are physically located in Canada to pursue independent contractor positions for the Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 work terms, as long as they meet our work term requirements for co-op credit. This decision was made to increase your options when searching for work in the current climate.
Review the resource below to learn more about some key considerations and implications of working in Canada as an independent contractor.
All co-op interviews arranged through WaterlooWorks will continue to be conducted remotely via phone or webcam. This means that no campus facilities are available to be used for interviews, regardless of the interview type – you can proceed with your interviews remotely from a location where you feel safe.
Remote interview instructions:
- All students will be asked to complete a form in WaterlooWorks to indicate where you are located and how employers can reach you. Please keep this up-to-date!
- All scheduled interviews in WaterlooWorks will show the method listed as “Phone” and the interview room listed as “Contact Direct.”
- If you are selected for an interview, more detailed instructions will be sent via WaterlooWorks.
- An employer may send you a video link directly if they prefer.
If you need help with your interview skills, you can access Centre for Career Action services virtually.
In addition, if you have questions about a scheduled interview or interview conflict, click the "Send a message" button in WaterlooWorks and select "Interviews" as the category. This will direct your message to one of our interview coordinators who can help answer your questions.
Given Waterloo’s current stance around international travel and GAC’s listing of all locations as high risk, we are required to follow that direction and cannot currently approve work terms that require students to actively travel to locations outside Canada for the Winter 2021 term (some exceptions apply - see below).
Since we cannot confidently predict when this will change, students are advised to prioritize jobs that can be completed from Canada if they are already in Canada. Winter 2021 work terms with employers based outside of Canada, including an Arrange Own Job (AOJ), can still be approved for co-op credit if employers can hire you to their Canadian office or allow you to legally work remotely from within Canada.
Work terms abroad: Exceptions for Winter 2021 co-op credit
We understand that each student’s specific situation is unique and have worked with University leadership to establish exceptions for the following students to receive credit for work terms outside of Canada:
- International visa students who would like to complete their work terms from their home countries/locations (learn more via the international student section below).
- Students who left Canada before June 1, 2020 and since have been abroad (applies to all students, regardless of citizenship).
In these exceptional situations, co-op credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with safety as our primary consideration. Factors such as the location’s level of risk before COVID-19 and other safety considerations will be taken into account when determining credit eligibility. Enhanced risk management procedures will be required before leaving Canada, or within one week of reaching your destination.
- In all cases, we cannot grant credit to in-person or remote-within-location work terms where students will be based in locations that were originally (pre-COVID-19 advisory levels) listed as high risk (“Avoid non-essential travel” or “Avoid all travel”) on the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) website.
- These situation-specific considerations are in place for Winter 2021 work terms only. The University’s stance around Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 work term travel remains unchanged, as these decisions were made as a response to the global situation at that time.
- On June 22, 2020, the US Government extended and expanded on previously issued immigration restrictions to freeze several visa classes until the end of 2020, including the J-class visa. As this is a fluid situation with several implications and interpretations, we will continue to monitor advisories and seek counsel to determine what the impact may be on future work terms.
The University continues to monitor GAC travel restrictions. If the University lifts this current travel ban and the GAC’s location-specific travel advisories are relaxed prior to the start of the Winter 2021 work term, we will be in touch with both students and employers.
We know that searching for work can be more challenging in light of COVID-19 related restrictions, particularly for our students who have a complex mix of travel, immigration and legal implications to navigate. If you’re an international visa student, the drop-downs below contain information that will help you with your job search, depending on where you are located and where you are able to work.
Please note: Hiring across borders and jurisdictions can be complicated. We expect that you and your employer will do your due diligence to understand and meet any compliance requirements – not only for your employer’s location, but for your location as well. We cannot consult or advise on local legislation and requirements, so please be sure to do your thorough research and avoid taking risks when it comes to safety and legal concerns.
As always, review the flexible pathways above for more options that can help you to complete your work term and maintain your degree requirements. If you need help with your co-op work search more generally, please reach out to your co-op advisor and review our job search resources below.
Completing your work term from your home country/location, or wherever you are currently located (in-person or remote)
Students in this situation can choose to complete their work terms either:
- In-person from their home country/location (or wherever they are currently located) with an employer who is based in the same location.
- Remotely from their home country/location (or wherever they are currently located) with an employer who is based anywhere (as long as you and your employer follow our guidelines for remote work terms).
- Please note: Work terms with UWaterloo employers do not apply. To work remotely for any other Canadian employer, please review the section below.
In either case, co-op credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with safety as our primary consideration. Factors such as the ones below will be considered when determining eligibility:
- Your status: This exception only applies for students whose status on their university records is “study permit,” and does not apply if you are a dual citizen of Canada and another country/location (unless you already left Canada and have been abroad since June 1, 2020).
- Safety considerations for the location you will be based in: In all cases, we cannot grant credit to in-person or remote-within-location work terms where students will be based in locations that were originally (pre-COVID-19 advisory levels) listed as high risk (“Avoid non-essential travel” or “Avoid all travel”) on the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) website.
- Whether the job meets our current work term requirements: now more flexible in light of COVID-19!
- Please speak with your co-op advisor about your specific situation in further detail.
- Once you’ve found a job, submit an arrange own job (AOJ) form so we can determine whether it meets our current work term requirements (more flexible in light of COVID-19).
- If any supporting documentation is required to confirm your status, we will reach out to you once your AOJ form has been submitted.
- If your AOJ Form is approved, we’ll ask you to complete online risk management procedures before leaving Canada, or within one week of reaching your destination.
Working for a Canadian employer (in-person or remote)
If you’re an international visa student who is interested in working for a Canadian employer, either from Canada or from your home country/location, there are some legal requirements to consider before you start your search.
Legal requirements from the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada requires international visa students to hold a valid Canadian co-op work permit in order to legally work for a Canadian employer, regardless of where the student is located and whether the job will be completed in-person or remote.
This work permit must be valid for the entire duration of the work experience during the Winter 2021 term.
COVID-19 has impacted immigration services and processing times, so unless you already have a Canadian co-op work permit you will likely not receive one in time for the Winter 2021 work term if you are applying for one for the first time. Other factors such as your current location, when you applied for a renewal, etc. could also result in delayed co-op work permits.
This means that unless you currently hold a valid Canadian co-op work permit that will remain valid for the duration of your work term, you will not be able to access Canadian jobs on the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board.
In addition, many Canadian employers (e.g., the University of Waterloo) will require you to be located in Canada for the entire duration of your work term, regardless of whether the job is in-person or remote.
If you have a Canadian co-op work permit that will be valid for the duration of your work term:
- You can continue searching for Canadian jobs on the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board or you can arrange your own job with a Canadian employer.
- If you don’t have access to the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board, email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible with a copy of your permit so we can give you access.
- If you are currently located outside Canada and end up finding an in-person job with a Canadian employer, please see the section below.
If you have a confirmation letter with a permit number from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada:
- Please note that this is not a valid co-op work permit; this will give you access to the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board, but you will need an actual co-op work permit to legally complete your work term.
- If you have a confirmation letter with a permit number from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, please email email@example.com as soon as possible with a PDF of your document so we can update our records.
- You should also let potential employers know that you have this confirmation letter with a permit number (not the actual work permit).
If you do not have a valid Canadian co-op work permit:
- That’s okay – you can still arrange your own job in your home country/location, or wherever you are currently located (see guidelines above).
- To help support your job search, we can send you job opportunities with employers located in your home country/location (based on your citizenship recorded in Quest) for select locations where we have job leads, if such opportunities become available.
- If you’d like to receive these messages if a position becomes available, please keep your skills profile up-to-date and your job notification messages turned ON (learn more).
- For students at the location of their passport country/location: Job leads will be sent via direct WaterlooWorks messages synchronously with the first week of Cycle 1/2/3 and/or whenever there are sufficient changes to warrant an update for the rest of the recruiting period.
- For students at a home location different from their passport country/location: If you need help finding a job in your location, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if any leads are available.
- As the need arises, we’ll continue to develop relationships with employers in other key locations. This does take time, so we thank you for your patience!
- Please take time to carefully review the Student Success Office (SSO)’s immigration documents resource.
- Review the Student Success Office’s Guide to COVID-19 and Quarantine Checklist for advice on how to enter Canada, including what to do before leaving your country, on the day of your flight and after you arrive in Canada.
- Be sure to anticipate restrictions in flight availability, changing border restrictions in Canada, quarantine requirements and any other factors that may impact your re-entry to Canada.
- Remember: It’s important to be clear and transparent with employers about your current location and travel plans. When making your decisions, be sure to consider any travel, safety, security immigration and legal implications that you may have to navigate.
If you have questions about applying for a co-op work permit or entering into Canada more generally:
- Contact the Student Success Office’s team of Immigration Consultants.
- Review immigration information for new international students and current international students.
- Students can check processing times for permits on the Government of Canada website.
- Please take time to carefully review all the immigration information on the international student resources website.
Given the current situation, we understand that some of our students and employers may prefer to work remotely during their Winter 2021 work term. This is perfectly fine, as long as you and your employer agree and follow the guidelines below.
Many destinations and jurisdictions require individuals to work in the country/location where the employer is located, or there may be specific regulatory requirements to work across borders that you and/or your employer must understand and comply with.
To ensure you understand an employer’s expectations, it’s important to review job descriptions carefully and ask good questions during interviews so you can make informed and safe employment decisions. It’s also important to be transparent about YOUR location in case there are any implications to your work term (e.g., where you will be located, what are your intentions for the entire work term, whether travel or a quarantine period would be required if returning to the employer’s location, any specific legal considerations that should be taken into account, etc.).
Satisfying these requirements will take additional time and must be completed well in advance of the work term, or your co-op work term may not be approved.
If your job involves remote work, here’s what we expect from both you and your employer in order for your job to be eligible for co-op credit:
- Students must discuss working remotely from another location/country with employers and ensure that they comply with all jurisdictional requirements for employment in both countries/locations. For all students who are new to working remotely, we’ve put together some tips to help you navigate the transition. You can also read another UWaterloo student's blog on maintaining professionalism while working from home.
- Employers must investigate any inter-jurisdictional requirements and restrictions (e.g., payroll, taxes, workplace insurance, etc.) and meet any regulation compliance and manage risks for the location the student is in. Jurisdictional requirements and restrictions may vary by location.
- We’ve collected some key questions that employers should consider when hiring a student who will be working remotely from Canada for the duration of the work term. Beyond providing this resource, the University cannot consult or advise in any manner. If your employer has questions, they should seek their own independent legal or expert counsel.
- If you will be working as an independent contractor: You must be physically located in Canada in order for an Independent Contractor job to be eligible for co-op credit.
- If you are an international visa student working from your home destination: You will need a valid Canadian co-op work permit in order to work for a Canadian employer (learn more).
- If you will be working for the University of Waterloo: You must be physically located in Canada from the start of your work term and for the duration of your work term.
The last day to start work to receive co-op credit is March 8, 2021 for an 8-week work term. Take a deep breath and let that sink in. You have lots of time!
The recruiting period for the Winter 2021 work term has been extended as some employers may need more time to make their hiring decisions. Employers will be posting jobs throughout the recruiting term, so keep applying until you have a match! Whether you end up finding a job at the start of the term or later in the recruitment process, great jobs will be available and we’re here to support you every step of the way.
To increase your chances of finding a job, here are some things you can do:
- Continue monitoring the Hire Waterloo Co-op, Hire Waterloo: Other and External Job Boards in WaterlooWorks for new postings. Remember: jobs found in the Other/External boards may be eligible for co-op credit through our arrange own job process and adjusted work term requirements!
- Tap into your personal network: think about who you know (and who they might know) to see if anyone is hiring, and follow the arrange own job process.
- Book a phone/webcam appointment or attend a virtual workshop with a career advisor from the Centre for Career Action (CCA) who can help you with your work search, networking strategy, self-introduction and application documents.
- Check out the CCA’s “Skill up this fall term” resource for tips on finding work in the current climate, including work search strategies, resources for students and other things you can do to develop skills if your plans to find work change.
- Learn how to make informed and safe employment decisions by asking the right questions during your interviews. This resource contains tips from the CCA's team of career advisors, as well as sample questions you can ask about remote positions, in-person positions and interview logistics in light of COVID-19.
- Develop skills to help you transition to a digital workplace through accessing online courses, a webinar series and resources provided by UWaterloo!
- If you’re an international visa student who is looking for work in your home country/location, please see the guidelines for international students section above for resources that can help you with your search.
- If you think you might be working remotely, check out our Tips for working remotely as a co-op student as well as this student blog on Maintaining professionalism while working from home.
- Access COVID-19 wellness information compiled by Waterloo's Campus Wellness team to help you navigate the present situation.
We understand that this is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone, including our students. We know that your academics and co-op experiences are important and meaningful to you, as every class and work term brings exciting new experiences and challenges that help you grow both personally and professionally.
If you are feeling anxious or uncertain while you are searching for a job or on a work term, please feel free to reach out to your co-op advisor, or a career advisor if you’re going into your first work term. We have designated co-op student mental health advisors on every regional team across Canada (10 advisors today) to help support you no matter what time zone you’re currently in. These advisors works directly with our central Campus Wellness team to ensure you can access the best resources for your situation.
You can also access resources through Campus Wellness such as Empower Me, a confidential mental health and wellness service that students can access 24/7, 365 days a year by phone, video, online or in-person sessions.